Rising out of the mists of time

ROCK LAWN is a hidden terrace, the sort of place that time and traffic forget — and time has forgotten a bit more about No 2 than it has its neighbours.

The run of six three-storey terraced and period houses is just off the main Douglas Road in one of Cork’s older suburbs; blink at the traffic lights next to the turn to Rosebank estate (and the pedestrian access to Douglas swimming pool), and you’ll miss the left turn to Rock Lawn.

A marker for the visually aware is the sight of a small limestone lodge set back off the road near Rocklawn Terrace, which has been given an architect’s makeover with the addition of a simple cedar box extension and some funky reworking of window opes and new window slits.

But pass the lodge, because no 2 Rock Lawn won’t be around in its current state for much longer either: it faces an auction deadline for sale, and is due to go under the hammer by October 25.

The set-back terrace has rear yards to the back of each house, with a mature treed boundary opening to a public park, part of what was once called the Japanese Gardens, with an old quarry behind. Nearby, a nursery garden with elaborate greenhouses was also run up until the 1960s until it was replaced by a municipal swimming pool whose future has been hanging in the balance.

John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith guides 2 Rock Lawn at about €600,000 but buyers on the day will decide the real selling price.

And, before they get too involved, they’ll have to do their legal and surveying paperwork, which will set out further spending likely to be needed.

That will certainly include heating, a new kitchen and bathroom upgrades, among some other areas in need of attention (the house has been rented out for a number of years).

At present, the three-storey house, which has neighbours on either side, has scope for up to five bedrooms, but many looking it over will want a first floor reception room to make the most of this space that has two windows overlooking the 85’-long front garden and wooded area with secure off-road parking.

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